UK Allows World’s First “Three Parent” Babies

baby2 (2)(Reuters) Britain votes to allow world’s first ‘three-parent’ IVF babies

BY KATE KELLAND AND KYLIE MACLELLAN LONDON Tue Feb 3, 2015 4:06pm EST

Britain voted on Tuesday to become the first country to allow a “three-parent” IVF technique which doctors say will prevent some inherited incurable diseases but which critics see as a step towards creating designer babies.

The treatment is known as “three-parent” in vitro fertilisation (IVF) because the babies, born from genetically modified embryos, would have DNA from a mother, a father and from a female donor.

It is designed to help families with mitochondrial diseases, incurable conditions passed down the maternal line that affect around one in 6,500 children worldwide.

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